For young people who have gone through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, the American Cancer Society has developed a program that will take some of the concern from their shoulders as they approach their college years. The Society's "Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program" is designed to help students who have been diagnosed with cancer pay for part of their tuition.
The Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for young cancer survivors as they pursue their post secondary education.
The possible lifetime award is for up to $10,000 per student, offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applications from qualified Oregon students are being accepted now through Feb. 20. Application packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345.
The scholarships may be used for enrollment and attendance tuition, fees, and books required for course instruction at an accredited college, university, community college, or vocational/technical school.
To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students must be cancer survivors diagnosed before the age of 21 and age 25 or younger at the time of submitting the application, graduating from a high school and/or continuing college in the upcoming school year, a U.S. citizen and resident of Oregon, have a 2.5 GPA, and will be a full time student.
If selected to receive a scholarship, the money will be awarded in May, 2009. Past scholarship winners need to reapply for the scholarship each year.
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.